Last week I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Temple Grandin present on The World Needs All Kinds of Minds.
For those of you who do not know, Dr. Temple Grandin has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. As a woman with autism she speaks powerfully about how her mind works and the strengths that she has been given. She is also clear about weaknesses and how as educators we need to consider the diversity of our students and inspire them. Dr. Grandin is an animal researcher and has used her gifts to change how we understand and treat animals. The above link to TED is the same presentation. I highly suggest all teachers and parents take time to listen to what Dr. Grandin has to say.
As an educator, I am deeply challenged by the message that our world does need all kinds of minds. It fits beautifully with what I have been saying about how we all have different gifts and different weaknesses. Education needs to work with our strengths and to strengthen our weaknesses.
Temple Grandin later endorsed Uncovering the Logic of English as "really helpful for teaching reading to children who are mathematical pattern thinkers..."